Emergency as polar bears invade Russian town

The Russian town of Novaya Zemlya located on the north-eastern Arctic coast has declared an emergency over an “invasion” of dozens of aggressive polar bears that have entered homes and public buildings.

The remote settlement which has a population of around 3,000 people, has appealed for assistance to tackle “a mass invasion of polar bears into inhabited areas”, regional authorities said in a statement.

However, despite desperate pleas for help, Russian authorities have so far refused permission to shoot the bears. Instead they’ve offered to send a commission to investigate the situation but…
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